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  • The good Samaritan lives

    Jamie Richardson is anything but a typical 21-year-old.
    Not only is he a happy-go-lucky, somewhat talkative young man, he’s also remarkably honest and demonstrated both traits last Friday morning.
    Richardson was hanging out in the city parking lot off Court Street while his buddy cleared up a traffic ticket in court.
    He looked down, saw a check and instead of jamming it in his jeans, proceeded to call the phone number on the check to ensure it was returned to its rightful owner.

  • ‘Brianna’s Mutt Strut’ scheduled for May 7

    A dog walk titled “Brianna’s Mutt Strut” in the memory of the late Brianna Borwig is scheduled for Saturday, May 7 from noon to 2 p.m. at the county park, organizers said.
    The walk will benefit the Anderson County Humane Society and is being held in memory of Brianna who, at age 13, died from a brain tumor.
    “Brianna was a girl with a big heart for animals,” her family said. “She wanted to be a veterinarian or animal rescue worker.”
    The event will include bracelets and T-shirts to benefit the Humane Society.

  • Payback is a …

    A woman known by friends, family and coworkers to be among Anderson County’s foremost pranksters received her just deserts last Friday afternoon.
    The conspirators — who out of fear of retribution spoke on the condition of anonymity —took Cheri Johnson’s car from behind where she works on Main Street, parked it in front of the county courthouse and plastered it with Post-it notes before wrapping it in several layers of industrial-strength cellophane.

  • Health board to ponder massive tax rate hike, cuts in staff, services

    When the new $2 million health department building opens next month, it will do so with less employees providing less services unless a sizeable tax rate increase is passed Wednesday night.
    Public Health Director Brandon Hurley is expected to outline four tax rate options when the Anderson County Board of Health meets at 6:30 p.m. at the community building in the county park.
    The meeting is open to the public.

  • Recycling suspended

    Recycling has been suspended due to a break down of the recycling truck, County Judge-Executive John Wayne Conway announced Thursday morning.

    Recycling will resume April 27 on the regular schedule.

    “Sorry for the inconvenience,” Conway said.

  • Beasmore weighing appeal following loss in sexual harassment lawsuit

    Fired county employee Lea Beasmore was shut out last Thursday night in her $1.5 million sexual harassment lawsuit against the fiscal court, but that doesn’t mean she’s done trying.
    Her attorney, Ken Henry, confirmed Monday that Beasmore “is considering her options” in appealing the jury’s decision to the state’s Court of Appeals.
    “Every losing party has the right to appeal,” Henry said. “We’re looking to see if there are any appealable issues.”

  • New company moves into Eagle Lake

    A company that makes mosaics out of tiles is moving into Eagle Lake, Eagle Lake’s owners announced in a news release.
    Diade USA is scheduled to begin production this month, and will employ 20 to 30 people as demand and product production grows, the news release said.
    Once the mosaics are made, they are put together on what is known as mesh and shipped to the company’s purchasers. The mosaics are used as tile-like coverings for bathroom and kitchen walls and floors. They are also used on fireplaces and in swimming pools.

  • Land use map to be discussed April 20

    The final draft of a land use map developed by the joint city/county comprehensive plan update committee will be discussed Wednesday, April 20 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center, 160 Township Square, Lawrenceburg.
    The public is welcome, and comments will be accepted.

  • Alleged puppy killer in court Thursday

    The Lawrenceburg man accused of killing his girlfriend’s puppy by stomping it then setting it on fire is scheduled to appear in Anderson District Court on Thursday, according to court documents.
    Paul “Doobie” Dearinger was charged last year with killing his girlfriend’s 8-month-old puppy following an argument.
    He is facing a misdemeanor charge of cruelty to animals after a grand jury declined to indict him on a felony charge late last year.

  • A ‘smarter’ version of 911

    Anderson County residents will soon have the ability to customize information a dispatcher will see when they call 911.
    The Anderson County Fiscal Court approved last Thursday the purchase of a system called Smart 911, based on a recommendation of the joint city/county 911 Board.
    Here’s how it will work: Residents will be asked to populate a website with important medical information about family members, allowing dispatchers to instantly inform medical personnel responding via ambulance.